The 9 Best Gold Coast Lookouts

If you live on the Gold Coast or are visiting the Gold Coast, make sure to check out these top lookouts for the most breathtaking views. We dig the digging and found the 9 best lookouts…

While the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches, hinterland and waterways, it’s no surprise there are plenty of beautiful lookouts too. There are so many beautiful Gold Coast lookouts for spectacular views and we’re telling you our top 9!

With views of the beach, ocean, city and hinterland, there’s so many lookouts anyone would enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a lookout you can walk or drive to or one you’ll have to hike to, it’ll be in this blog. Written by a Gold Coast local, this blog will cover everything from Australia’s tallest building, to hidden lookouts and more.

Photo by Carnaby on Unsplash.

9 of the Best Gold Coast Lookouts

1. The Q1.

The Q1 is Australia’s tallest building, standing at 322 metres, which is taller than both the Empire State Building and Eiffel Tower. From 2005 to 2011, the Q1, was the world’s tallest residential building, but it still takes the cake down under. 

The SkyPoint Observation Deck is also one of the best lookouts on the Gold Coast, offering panoramic views and showing off the Gold Coast’s stunning ocean and hinterland views. Head up to level 77 to see these spectacular views at 230 metres high, while enjoying a drink or meal.

SkyPoint Entry Fee:

Adults: $27
Children or discounted entry: $19

For those wanting an even better view, you can suit up and strap in for the Q1 SkyPoint Climb. The SkyPoint Climb takes you up to 270 metres with an unbeatable view of the Gold Coast you can enjoy for 90 minutes. 

Ticket prices start from $77.

Three people looking at the camera strapped in wearing grey on standing on stairs of the Q1 sky point climb
SkyPoint Climb (Image via Chloe Thistle)

2. Crowne Plaza: Four Winds 360 Revolving Restaurant.

The Four Winds 360 Revolving Restaurant at Crowne Plaza offers breathtaking views you can enjoy along with great food and drinks. Did we mention it’s a revolving restaurant? So, your view will change as you eat!

Four Winds 360 Revolving Restaurant Prices:

Lunch: Starting from $65
Dinner: Starting from $75
Children 0–4: Free 
Children 5–12: $40

3. The Panorama.

The Panorama is a [wonky] u-shaped road in Tallai, offering some of the best views of the Gold Coast. Only a 25 minute drive away from Broadbeach, you can head to the Panorama and relax in your car while viewing the Gold Coast, or park before the hill and run up for an intense exercise. 

It’s a beautiful place to watch sunrises and sunsets from, making it one of the top Gold Coast lookouts.

4. Mount Tamborine.

Mount Tamborine is a great location for scenic views of the Gold Coast. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, you can head to Hang Glider Launch and Lookout for a grassy hill looking out towards the coast. As most Gold Coasters do, you can head here for a picnic while watching the sunset, and of course, snapping some pictures.

5. North Burleigh Hill.

North Burleigh Hill is often overlooked, unless you’re a local, but it is a great place to catch a smaller glimpse of the Gold Coast. Another reason North Burleigh Hill is a great lookout, is because it has multiple lookouts!

North Burleigh Lookout.

North Burleigh Lookout faces Miami Beach and you can see past Surfers Paradise, which really shows off the beautiful beaches. Since North Burleigh Hill sits between long stretches of beach paths, you’ll see lots of runners and people exercising stopping and coming past this lookout. You can head down the steps to the left (left when looking out at the beach) to find the stunning Miami Rainbow Stairs at the bottom.

Mick Schamburg Park Lookout.

Mick Schamburg Park Lookout is located to the right of the North Burleigh Lookout and you can walk up the small boardwalks for incredible views of the ocean and beaches. This lookout primarily faces the southern end, with great views down to Burleigh and further on clear days.

*Do not climb over the barriers or fencing. It can be very windy and the rock surfaces aren’t flat. Multiple lives have been taken as a result of unsafe climbing.

Lores Bonney Lookout.

Lores Bonney Lookout is possibly one of the Gold Coast’s most secret lookouts. After making your way up to North Burleigh lookout, you’ll notice a dirt path to the left that leads you further up the hill. This path will lead you to the Lores Bonney Lookout, which is a small but quiet lookout with great views of Miami and northern Gold Coast.

6. Burleigh Hill.

Burleigh Hill is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular lookout destinations, and this isn’t for any reason. With amazing beaches, great waves for surfing and amazing restaurants, Burleigh is a top Gold Coast destination. Locals and visitors alike head to Burleigh hill to enjoy views of the beach, ocean and to watch surfers catching waves below.

Come here on a Sunday arvo to find the hill packed with Aussies having picnics while enjoying the sun going down over this stunning view.

7. Tumgun Lookout.

Tumgun Lookout is right around the corner from Burleigh Hill and requires a short hike to reach the lookout. With a spectacular view of the Tallebudgera River mouth and beyond — it’s well worth the hike.

Complete the Burleigh Headland and Beach Trail Loop (2.3 kilometre return) to stop by all the incredible views, from Tallebudgera to Burleigh. The hike shows off views of the beautiful beaches and gives hikers a taste of Gold Coast rainforest.

8. Elephant Rock.

Elephant Rock is located in Currumbin and is a small platform offering 30 views of nearby Gold Coast beaches. The platform was built on top of Elephant Rock and you can find the stairs to the right of the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. If you haven’t had enough of the spectacular views, grab a meal at the Surf Club and try to get a seat near the windows.

9. Best of All Lookout, Springbrook.

The Best of All Lookout in Springbrook really does live up to its name. After a short walk of about 350 metres, trekkers are rewarded with excellent views of the Tweed Valley, including Byron Bay, Mount Warning and The Cougals. The 10 minute walk to the platform is also a treat, taking you through the Gondwana Rainforest, which is millions of years old.

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Chloe Thistle

Junior Marketing Administrator

Chloe Thistle is a Junior Marketing Administrator at Localsearch, bringing her talents and background in digital and social media marketing to her role. She has sharpened her marketing skills across many different industries, including entertainment, fashion and in the B2B field. In her spare time, Chloe can be found either lounging at the beach or five coffees deep at one of her favourite local cafés. No stranger to adventures, she’s trekked to Mt. Everest Base Camp — fueled by coffee of course — has completed the Kokoda Challenge and is always looking for the next mountain to climb! Chloe loves looking for ways to combine her passions for adventure, sustainability and marketing, always chasing the latest trends in both marketing and fashion. Now, she’s utilising her vast life and digital marketing experience to blog and assist in the content with the Localsearch Marketing Team.